MLB Postseason 2016: Melvin Upton joins Blue Jays lineup against Indians' lefty
The Blue Jays put another righty bat into their lineup
TORONTO -- Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, the Blue Jays will try to keep their season alive in Game 5 of the ALCS. They beat the Indians in Game 4 (TOR 5, CLE 1) to force Game 5. Cleveland still leads the best-of-seven series 3-1. Here's how you can watch Game 5.
Both teams announced their starting lineups early Wednesday afternoon. Here is each team's starting nine:
- 1B Carlos Santana
- 2B Jason Kipnis
- SS Francisco Lindor
- DH Mike Napoli
- 3B Jose Ramirez
- LF Lonnie Chisenhall
- LF Coco Crisp
- CF Tyler Naquin
- C Roberto Perez
LHP Ryan Merritt
Toronto Blue Jays
- RF Jose Bautista
- 3B Josh Donaldson
- 1B Edwin Encarnacion
- SS Troy Tulowitzki
- C Russell Martin
- DH Melvin Upton Jr.
- LF Ezequiel Carrera
- CF Kevin Pillar
- 2B Darwin Barney
RHP Marco Estrada
The only notable change is Upton. He's replacing Michael Saunders against the left-handed Merritt. The Blue Jays also subbed Barney in for Ryan Goins to get the platoon advantage, though those two are in the lineups for their gloves, not their bats.
Merritt, by the way, is making his second career big league start and first postseason start. He joins Matt Moore as the only pitchers in history to start in the playoffs after making just one career regular season start.
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